Flying swarms are generally associated with negative things. Like wasps. Or birds. Or locusts. None of which are pleasant. But what about paper plates? Glowsticks? Plastic cups?
Thomas Jackson’s series of photographs, “Emergent Behavior”, attempts to tap into the fear and fascination that those less-than-desirable swarms tend to provoke. He creates an uneasy interplay between the natural and the manufactured; the real and imaginary. He constructs the focal points of his photographs from unexpected materials then places them where they seem to least belong.
The photos are also, on a surface level, pleasing to the eye and interesting to look at. I love how they draw you in and make you question what on earth is flying around the middle of the forest or an abandoned alleyway.
More of his creativity and intriguing photos can be found on his website and blog below: